the chicks are here!

David and I woke this morning at 6:45am to the sound of the telephone ringing. On the other end was the mail carrier informing us that our 26 two-day old chicks had just arrived. After hanging up the phone, we paused momentarily and then the excitement erupted. “The BABY CHICKS are here!!! We sprung out of bed, scurrying to get to the post office before 8am, and because we were a tad bit excited.

Upon arriving, we rang the bell and after a few moments, a man carrying a cardboard box filled with 26 baby chickens opened the backdoor. The sweet chirps echoed from within.

“You must be here to pick up these guys.”

After scanning the box he handed them over to me, their new momma chicken.

As we walked to the car, I quietly started naming them and whispered sweet little nothings that only a proud new mother would say. I know there will be a day when these little guys will be hauled off to the butcher but for now, I will bask in the glory of motherhood.

When we got home we followed the instructions from what all the books and vast information on the internet have said to do thus far. One by one we picked up each chick and dipped its little beak in water waiting for it to drink for the first time. After, we showed each chick where it’s food was and watched as they instinctively ate the grainy, hard chick food.

When all chicks were watered and fed, we sat back and watched as their little personalities came to life. Already a few are showing some interesting dominating characteristics and others just quietly laid down and fell right to sleep.

I think it is safe to say the next six weeks are going to be nothing short of eventful. When the chicks have all there feathers and the fear of them getting too cold has passed, we will take them outside to live happily in their brand new chicken coop that is being built by GopherBoy Farms.  Until then, they will live warm and cozy in our guest bedroom under the protective eye of momma chick Amanda.

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12 Responses to the chicks are here!

  1. Jodi Stone says:

    How exciting for you. Will you be able to interact with them even though you know their fate?

    • Amanda says:

      They are pretty darn cute but I think as they get older and are out in their coop I will be able to detach a bit…I hope!

      • Amanda- Glad you are going into it that way….I would NEVER be able to. Be careful about naming them. The more time you spend with them and use their names they get to know their name….makes the end fate really hard (impossible for me).
        You are a great chicken momma so far!! Enjoy them. We hope to have the coop ready for them when they are old enough to be in it. Its going to be AWESOME!
        Also….love your blog so far. Wish i had more time to read! Thanks for the FB shout-out!

      • Amanda says:

        Thank you! I know it will be tough but it’s important for us, since we eat chicken, to take this route. I’m sure that I will be keeping a few that I love for eggs :) Thanks for all your help also! Can’t wait to see the coop!

  2. Renee says:

    I am excited for you. I remember growing up on the farm after reading this and the 55 chicks we would get every year. I will give you one piece of helpful advice for when you put them in the coop – do not go into the coop unless you have closed toed shoes on they will peck and some will draw blood – just a helpful word of caution. I learned this the hard way with sandals one time – ouch! Enjoy them and do not think about their ultimate fate – love the little buggers in their chick phase:)

  3. teri Capalby says:

    Be careful hon that Oliver and Lucy don’t find them…………..or Isis or Maddie……

  4. Anne says:

    Awww, how cute!! Adorable! and congrats as a new mom. In Norway we call an overprotective mom ‘hønemor’ (hen-mom). Fun fact of today ;)

  5. Adorable. You’re in for a treat with raising them!

  6. hugmamma says:

    charming chicks…an idyllic life…congrats! :)

  7. shoes says:

    Baby chicks in their little balls of fluff stage are just plain adorable! Please post more pictures in the weeks to come. I remember fondly the boxes of baby chicks we would get every year when I was a child. We would raise them up with love. My sister and I would enter our most loved ones at the local fair (we were in chicken 4-H) teaching them to stand tall on a small square of carpet, neck arched and looking lovely while we answered questions from the judges. At the end of the season my dad would butcher most of them and tuck them in the freezer for future dinners. When mom served chicken we would ask “who is for dinner”. Such is the way of farm life…

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